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Thursday, May 6, 2010

One pirate dead, 10 captured in Russia tanker rescue

MOSCOW, May 6 (Reuters) - One Somali pirate was killed and 10 captured in an armed rescue mission by a Russian warship to free a Russian-owned oil tanker hijacked off the coast of Yemen, state-run RIA news agency said on Thursday.

Citing an unnamed Russian navy official, RIA said the Russian warship returned fire after the pirates started shooting, resulting in "the death of one of the pirates".

A Russian defence ministry official said earlier on Thursday all 23 crew on board the China-bound MV Moscow University tanker, which was seized on Wednesday with $52 million worth of crude oil, were alive and well following the rescue. (Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Louise Ireland).

Source: Reuters


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